Modern statistics encroaching on the magic of sports

Smart people can be really dumb. Monday night I watched the Texas Rangers come from behind in their final offensive frame to beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3. This all came after I read a blog post dated June 23 that detailed the many reasons why the Rangers were headed for disaster despite having a 10-game lead in their division with the best record in the American League at the time. A “mirage,” I believe, is the nickname the writer used for the first-place ball club. As of Aug. 9, the Rangers have a seven-game lead in their division and remain the top team ...

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